Greg Ferenstein

With IBM Chip Breakthrough, Moore’s Law Continues

IBM announced a major breakthrough in chip technology, with a super-tiny seven-nanometer chip. This chip breaks the difficult 10nm barrier and proves that the industry can still move along an important innovation pace known as “Moore’s Law.”


China’s Taxi Monopolist Rises $2B. Here’s How It Compares to Uber

Ferenstein Wire—China’s taxi-hailing monopolist, Kuaidi, has raised a whopping $2B to compete with the surging presence of Uber. Kuaidi controls 99.8 percent of the taxi hailing app market, after it recently merged with its Chinese competitor, Didi. Even with about

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Swastika Still Stands As Apple Purges Confederate Flag

A day after Apple began the mass purge of applications depicting the Confederate flag, the Nazi Swastika is still featured prominently in some games. The choice to ban a purported symbol of slavery from historical games, but not of mass genocide, reveals how tech companies struggle to apply hate speech guidelines — often with strange inconsistency.


Graph: Why California’s Uber Crackdown Could Hurt Workers (In 1 Graph)

The California Labor Comission just ruled that Uber must treat its drivers like normal employees, rather than independent contractors, potentially forcing the company to pay benefits and cover expenses. The decision is being hailed as a victory for worker rights and a major blow to the growing billion-dollar transportation startup.

UberX Pie Chart (Hall & Krueger)

Obama Personally Headhunting for Talent in Tech Giants

After top tech talent from Silicon Valley helped rescue President Obama’s disastrous healthcare website launch, he decided that there was much more the brightest in Silicon Valley could do for the federal government. According to an interview with Fast Company, the President has been personally recruiting top talent from the likes of Google and Facebook to build next-generation government services.


Google’s Obsession With Cities: A Brief Explanation In 3 Maps

Google has just announced a brand new initiative to improve city life, Sidewalk Labs, which will tackle cost of living, transportation, and the environment for urban citizens. While details are scant, it’s worth noting that suburban-based Google is just the latest influential tech giant to join the “cities” bandwagon.

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Twitter Brings Europe’s ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Censorship to America

Twitter has recently removed the ability of a political watchdog group to archive the embarrassing and incriminating tweets of U.S. congressmen automatically. The Sunlight Foundation’s much-beloved “politwoops” website was famous for revealing the regrettable tweets that members of Congress tried to erase from the history books.

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The Best Email App to Get to Inbox Zero Fastest: A Time Trial Review

There are two great new email mobile apps from Google and Microsoft and both offer helpful features, such as location-aware emails and calendar scheduling. While both apps offer something unique, I think one way to compare them is based on a single metric: which app gets me to inbox zero fastest. I don’t enjoy email — I just want to get my daily digital chore done and get on with my life.

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The Fundamental Conflict Between Silicon Valley and Democrats: A Brief Analysis

Democrats and Silicon Valley are locked in a head-on collision course; this week, New York City regulators proposed rules requiring Uber and other ride-hailing startups to get pre-approval each time they make major changes to their apps and pay $1,000 to cover the government’s labor costs. The battle between Uber and New York is a perfect example of the fundamental conflict between Democrats and Silicon Valley.

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Study: Silicon Valley Could End Homelessness For Free

A new economic analysis finds that Santa Clara Country could completely end its homeless problem at zero net cost by providing public housing for every single person living on the street. The study, from the Knowledge for Greater Good Economic

Housing 1000 (Knowledge for Greater Good)

Chart: At Netflix and Airbnb, Immigrant Salaries Skyrocket

Up-and-coming tech titans are shelling out massive salaries to retain the best immigrants in the world. Netflix is paying an average of $239K per year, and Airbnb is dolling out $163K, up from $134K and $106K in 2012, respectively.

High-skilled immigrant salaries (Visa Explorer)

What Airbnb Hosts Earn After Rent In San Francisco (in 1 Map)

Regular Airbnb hosts are able to make enough profit to afford San Francisco’s skyrocketing cost of living, according to a new report from city officials [PDF]. The average host is making $440 profit per month (after rent), and some neighborhoods are snagging upwards of $1,900 a month.

Airbnb Profit (San Francisco / Ferenstein Wire)

Hands-on with the Famous Adult Business Suit Onesie, the Suitsy

I spent the last week gliding around San Francisco in the now infamous “suitsy,” an adult-sized pajama onesie disguised as a full business suit. At bars and in meetings, no one seemed to notice anything amiss. But, perhaps, I thought, this was because San Francisco is the home of weird attire, and my colleagues were just unfazed.


What Each College Major Is Actually Worth

As the average college debt soars past $30,000, a new report from Georgetown University details just how much money students give up by choosing sociology over calculus.

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Testing the Cutting Edge of Taxi Innovation—Things Go Awry

Uber is systematically wiping out taxis in San Francisco. As of last year, average taxi trips per month had reportedly plummeted 65 percent in just 2 years. In an effort to save the industry, a new startup, FlyWheel, has begun outfitting taxis with the Uber-like convenience of smartphone hailing and payments.

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Drs Discover How to Use McDonald’s-Style Emoticons to Quadruple Healthy Food Choices

Medical researchers have discovered a surprisingly effective way to dramatically increase healthy lunch choices: label foods with emoticons and give out a small toy. The results of a school pilot study found that meals labeled with a “green smiley face” and paired with a toy spiked vegetable selection 62% and decreased chocolate milk selection 42%.

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